Writers Resources: A Guide to the Best

Where do you turn for writing help? If you’re like me, I enjoy making the most of available resources and using them to get inspired for my novels. There are countless ways writers can learn to hone their craft, including websites, meetup groups, workbooks, writing prompts and more. Read on for the definitive guide to the best resources for writers.

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Great Resources for Writers

Online Resources

Websites are great, free resources for budding authors. Here are some of the best.

  • National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Reference Desk: A forum for writers, and by writers. Topics range from penning fantasy genres to crafting a plot map. Check it out here.
  • Daily Writing Tips: With a new tip each day, you’ll never run out of new advice to incorporate into your next novel. Learn more here.
  • Copyblogger: Not sure how to create engaging content? Copyblogger is a site that can help writers learn about marketing, Search Engine Optimization, blogging and more. Click here for more info.
  • Reference for Writers: An engaging Tumblr account for authors, Reference for Writers helps with character development, tense, editing and more. Check it out here.
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3 Tips for Naming Fiction Characters

“Names have power.” ― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

How do you decide what your characters will be called when writing a new novel? Although Shakespeare may have suggested names don’t make the person or object what it is, the names of people acting in your novel do make a difference and you should focus on giving them good ones. However, naming fiction characters doesn’t have to be hard; read on for three tips to help with your selection.

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3 Tips for Naming Fiction Characters

  1. Make Sure it Matches the Era

Naming fiction characters may be pressure-filled, but making sure the name matches the era or time period your novel is set in can help simplify the decision. If your novel takes place in the past, it won’t make sense to have a character with a unique or highly modern name, or the book won’t feel authentic. Browse through your public library or other famous novels from the era to get some ideas.

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